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Elmhurst History Museum, Elmhurst

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Founded in 1957, the Elmhurst History Museum (formerly known as Elmhurst Historical Museum) is located in a historically significant structure known as the Glos Mansion, the former home of Elmhurst's first village president, Henry L. Glos, and his wife, Lucy. The Museum opened in January 1957 on the third floor of the Glos Mansion, which at the time also housed Elmhurst City Hall. The museum moved to the Wilder Mansion at Wilder Park from 1965-1975, and then returned to its current location in 1975.

The Museum fills an essential role in the life of the community revealing the quality of life in years past and providing a basis on which pride in Elmhurst will grow and endure. The Museum fulfills its mission by:

- Acquiring and caring for locally significant artifacts, records, documents, photographs, audio-visual materials, and publications.

- Maintaining a historically and architecturally significant building, the Glos Mansion.

- Presenting historical concepts and museum collections to the public through exhibits, educational programs, tours and publications.

- Supporting research related to local history and Museum collections.

- Offering cultural and social opportunities related to community history and heritage.

In addition to this facility, the museum also manages the recently restored Churchville Schoolhouse, a historic one-room schoolhouse located just north of Grand Avenue on Church St. in Bensenville. The Churchville Schoolhouse is registered in the National Register of Historic Places, and was reopened for public use in 2010. Programs at the Schoolhouse are by appointment only. Young schoolchildren and other visitors to the Schoolhouse will go back in time to the early 1900s via a living history experience facilitated by a school marm of the era.
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  • The Elmhurst History Museum isn't to be compared to the Chicago History Museum or the Museum of Science and Industry or the Field Museum. But it's the kind of regionally oriented museum that every...  more »
  • Nice exhibit, Road Trip; it brought back memories of childhood, driving to South Dakota, Wall Drug, Mount Rushmore, etc.  more »
  • Very interesting exhibits. We had a great time looking at all the artifacts, and reading all the great information. My wife and I are history buffs. We love to learn about all of the Chicagoland area! I recommend you go to this history museum. We had a great time there!!
  • Great place to spend an hour or so on a rainy day. Free admission makes for a cheap outing and in such a beautiful old house. There are 2 floors to look around with the second being a history of both the family that owned the house originally and the area with old photos and items from the past on display

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